Cats in the Cradle, Money, and Family
Between a comment from a reader, hearing the song “Cats in the Cradle” on my way to work, and being a new father, it really got me thinking about what money really means to me.
Here is the comment that was posted a little while back:
When I was growing up, money was very scarce. My father was a workaholic and he has always been traveling away for a bigger paycheck. As far as I remember, I met him for the first time when I was nine in a foreign country where he was running his own business. He always told me that money is the most important thing in life and I need to do everything to make sure I’ll never miss it, etc.
Now that he is nearing retirement, his priorities changed completely, but it is too late to change me though. I got hooked early on and I love personal finance & investing. There is nothing that I enjoy more than planning and working towards my financial freedom :) However, I would not abandon my family for such a long time in order to reach that goal faster.
The comment above got me pondering about how money can really skew whats really important in life. Are all those hours working to build financial wealth worth the time away from the family? Why is it that when financially wealthy people approach retirement, they reflect and wish they spent more time with their family?
Growing up, my father worked at least 100 hrs a week to support the family. The workoholism (word?) must have rubbed off on me because I spend at least 70 hrs a week between full time work and the online venture. This got me thinking about how much time that I will miss watching my child (or children) grow up. What is working so hard for financial wealth worth if you miss the things that give you true value in life. Here’s to another addition to the “pros” side of early retirement.
How many of you had parents who worked too much? Did you turn out to be a workaholic too?
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